123 Elm Street ∙ Miami, FL 33183 ∙ Cell (305) 444-4444 ∙ firstname.lastname@example.org
Innovative problem-solver who seeks reduction-at-source solutions as alternatives to end-of-pipe remediation. Insightful,
“out-of-the-box” thinker, able to effectively meld environmental responsibility with bottom-line cost savings. Superior
time management skills; proven ability to execute successful initiatives and direct multiple projects simultaneously.
PLANT MANAGEMENT SUCCESS
20xx-Present | Plant Manager, ABC Enterprises, Miami, FL
Report directly to division president; manage the daily planning and direction with 11 direct reports.
Facilitate several daily meetings related to new product development, finance, and inventory. Discuss and
resolve issues immediately or track future problem resolution. Monitor sales trends and adjust labor
accordingly. Enforce all lean manufacturing processes, principles, maintenance, quality, and safety issues.
Improved productivity by 15% and produced a cost savings of up to $200,000 annually while realizing
a 10% labor savings of $125,000 annually by developing an effective fabrication scheduling process.
Reduced inventory by $1.1 million in both plants by leading an inventory reduction team.
Consistently achieved a labor productivity improvement goal of 3% year over year.
Co-led implementation of Kanban scheduling system for a two-site operation; supplied over 500
fabricated and purchased parts to Alabama plant.
Awarded state-funded training contract (ETP) for $30,000 and provided Lean Training.
20xx-20xx | Plant Manager, BCD Cheese, Miami, FL
Directed all plant operations for cheese and whey processing, using 1.1 million pounds of milk daily. Led
and developed staff of 225 employees, including a top-notch management team, and a highly motivated
line workforce. Managed costs of inputs and production, and ensured high quality of product. Supervised
renovation and facilities upgrade. Ramped up site to seven days per week production, employing an
additional 75 workers.
Reduced labor costs by $500,000 through equipment upgrades and layout redesign.
Transitioned closed facility into an efficient processor of Swiss cheese within six months.
20xx-20xx | Plant Manager, CDE Company, Miami, FL
Monitored and managed service agreement between Montenay International and the Bay County
government. Reeducated incoming county commissioners every two years, which involved two months’
worth of presentations, training, and meetings. Ensured safe, reliable, low-cost production of electrical
power. Developed the annual budget, established priorities, and reviewed budget expenditures/financial
Consistently met or exceeded profit goals for eight consecutive years; achieved 75% over goal in 20xx.
Produced cost savings of 4% by negotiating a mechanical maintenance contract.
Effectively negotiated long-term contracts for services and supplies, including ash disposal, fuel
deliveries, and disposal of hazardous waste.
Ensured operational practices, plans, and contracts met overall corporate objectives.
TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS
Dairy Plant Water & Waste Management / Certification in Sanitation, Chemical Handling, and Safety Programs
Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel; CAD; adaptive to new technologies and applications.
Creating a Compelling Cover Letter
A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an advertised
position creates a pile of 100+ resumes, it becomes the responsibility of the hiring personnel to shortlist the applications.
Resumes without cover letters are usually the first to go, followed by the ones with poorly written cover letters. Avoid this
fate by following these effective strategies:
Address your cover letter appropriately:
Be sure that you get the name of the hiring manager before sending your resume, and address the letter to that individual.
The proper greeting will be either “Dear Mr. (Smith),” or “Dear Ms. (Smith).” Avoid using Miss or Mrs., and do not address
your letter to “Dear Sirs,” as it is considered inappropriate. If you are unsure of your contact’s gender, address them by
their first and last name, as in “Dear Pat Smith,” to avoid an embarrassing mistake. If you don’t know the name of the
hiring manager, simply use the greeting “Dear Hiring Manager,”– it’s clear, to the point, and gender neutral.
Get to the point in your opening paragraph:
One of the most common interviewing questions employers ask is “Why should I hire you among other candidates?”
Provide an answer to that question right off the bat in your opening paragraph. This is a very important section because it
is the first thing the employer will read. It must be powerful and make an immediate impact. Be sure sell yourself and your
unique abilities. Do not use a generic opening paragraph that can apply to any Tom, Dick or Harry.
Every line should sell you, so use aggressive language here and throughout the rest of your cover letter. For example,
instead of writing “My background is in finance management, making me well-suited for your advertised Corporate
Finance Director position.” you can write “A background in finance management and a proven record of developing
effective strategies that drive revenue, growth and shareholder value make me a strong candidate for your advertised
Corporate Finance Director position.”
Show your interest and sell your accomplishments in the body of the letter:
In this section, you need to show your interest in the job and the company. Research is a key ingredient to a successful
job search. The more you are able to demonstrate your interest and knowledge about a company, the better your chances
are to secure an interview. Get to know the company’s mission and new corporate initiatives, and tell them how you can
help them meet their objectives or resolve their problems. Praise the company for public recognitions or recent
accomplishments. The employer will surely take notice of your active interest.
Use “I” and “my” sparingly. Try not to use these words more than six times in your cover letter. You need to focus on what
you will bring to the company and how you will help them improve their profitability. Too much use of the word “I” will also
make your letter look elementary and poorly written.
For executive-level candidates and professionals with substantial achievements, a bullet point format is often the most
effective and efficient way to highlight accomplishments. If you fall into this category, be sure to keep the bullet point
statements unique and fresh. Do not copy and paste the exact same phrases from the resume as it will make you look
lazy. All sentences and achievements transferred from the resume should be rephrased.
Close your letter with a strong paragraph:
In the closing paragraph, you need to address several issues. At the very least, you need to ask for the interview and
provide contact information. This is also the ideal place to mention your salary requirements (if the employer insists on it),
or your desire to relocate.
To demonstrate your drive and interest, mention that you will call within a week to follow up. This is a great way to ensure
the resume was successfully received, and it creates an opportunity to establish a dialog. However, do not mention this in
your cover letter if you do not intend to follow up.
In summation, an aggressive and dynamic cover letter will help you stand out among the competition. Remember that the
goal is to market yourself – not to compose a dull biography.